MLOVE YOUtopia: smart and good

MLOVEI love Harald Neidhardet, the curator of the MLOVE festivals and was lucky enough to present at one of his events in Berlin a couple of years ago; it’s the only event where I’ve ever jumped into a well after being on stage.

This year was the fifth anniversary of the MLOVE ConFestival Europe and took place in a castle south of Berlin and I was gutted that I couldn’t make it this year. It featured speakers and topics from the Internet of Things, smart cities, creative design, brands and mobility, maker movement to Quantified Self and bio hacking… the future, basically. Continue reading

Saltside classifieds kick butt in Africa and Asia

How toEuropean tech company Saltside Technologies, which previously raised $25m from AB Kinnevik and has been in stealth mode since founding, is already a market leader in classified sites in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Ghana.

Founded by former Skype employees, the company has experienced 300% annual growth since its inception three years ago by providing vital online infrastructure for emerging markets, at a time when the vast majority of people are using the internet for the first time. Continue reading

Boxing clever beats other apps to the iPunch

ipunchA new Indiegogo campaign it trying to beat other apps to the, er, punch with a pair of data-enabled boxing gloves.

As the Quantified Self movements increases in momentum, after Apple’s recent announcement of its iPhone HealthKit product, the iPunch is literally a hardware product to help people’s fitness. Continue reading

Free Gamer Kit from Google for UK kid coders

codeclubTechnology education organisations Code Club and Technology Will Save Us have been brought together to offer an amazing opportunity to 900 children around the UK.

Thanks to $100,000 from the Google RISE program, children in Code Clubs will be able to receive DIY Gamer Kit to build and program during their club sessions for free, which normally costs £60.

The kit allows kids to solder together 40 parts on a custom circuit board to build their own handheld games console. Once the build is complete the console, controlled by Arduino, can be programmed to create exciting games. Children in Code Clubs will be taught soldering, electronics, programming and design using resources that have been created especially for the project.

Code Clubs that are interested in receiving free DIY Gamer Kits and resources can click here to find out more.

Understandably, due to the feel-good nature of this project, there were no end of quotes from those involved.

“Google has a critical role to play in making computer science more accessible and inclusive globally, especially for girls. This education is key, not just for developing tech sector talent, but for creating technology that makes a difference,” said Hai Hong, the K-12 Outreach Program Manager at Google.

“We are thrilled to be working with Code Club and it is exciting that Google is enabling these kinds of partnerships. This collaboration draws on the strengths of both organisations and allows us to enable thousands of young people and hundred of volunteers to become digital makers,” said Technology Will Save Us’ CEO Bethany Koby.

“We’ve had fantastic success teaching children to code in our clubs since 2012, and we’re excited to give them the opportunity to learn physical computing too. Programming devices to interact with their surroundings is an engaging, hands-on way to learn coding,” said Code Club’s Head of Education, Rik Cross.

Africa e-commmerce giant Jumia comes to London

jumia_londonAfrica’s largest online retailer Jumia has opened in London, its first office outside the continent meaning people from the UK can order online to send gifts to family and friends in Africa.

Based in Nigeria, the company is now bringing its raft of products to the UK with an online store that allows relatives to order online in the UK, pay in pounds, and send their goods for just ₤3 to their ‘loved ones’ doorstep in Nigeria within one to eight days’. Continue reading